Weight Loss Diet Foods

Today we see weight loss diet foods to help you reach your weight loss goals. These foods are designed to be healthy and fill you up so you don’t feel deprived while you’re on your way to reaching your weight loss goals.

Annie Chun’s Roasted Seaweed Snacks

These roasted seaweed snacks contain just 30 calories per serving and can help you get over your snacking habits. Though the taste may take some getting used to, replacing this snack with your potato chips can help you lose up to 13 pounds in a year!

Adzuki Beans

Just a single cup of these beans contains 17 grams of fiber. Fiber is good for your digestive tract because it helps to keep the system cleansed and moving. A high fiber diet can also help you feel fuller for longer, essentially suppressing your appetite. Grab these online or in the grocery store for around $4.

Almond Nut Butter

Almond nut butter is a good alternative to jam on a sandwich, because it can help you lower your glycemic index. You can find this product at many grocery stores nationwide for about $8.

7 Keto DHEA

7-Keto is a supplement we see Dr. Oz recommend on a regular basis. Start by taking 50mg twice daily, but you can increase it later.

Vegetable Juice vs. Fruit Juice

Drinking vegetable juice is a better option compared to fruit juice. A 5.5 oz. serving of vegetable juice only has 30 calories, whereas the same amount of fruit juice can have more than 5x that. If you opt for this instead of orange juice, you can lose 15 pounds in a year!

Freeze Dried Dandelions

Here’s a bonus tip for you! Use freeze dried dandelions to help beat bloating.

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Is this Normal?

Gotta love Labor Day reruns!

Today’s show is a repeat of a show that originally aired on June 26, 2012, and we’ve got those recaps here for you already.

Are Sex Dreams Normal?

The short answer is yes, they are completely normal. Other “embarrassing” questions are asked and answered. Read the full segment summary here.

How to Fix Brain Freeze and Other Painful Body Quirks

Brain freeze driving you crazy? Need to pop your ears? Our full segment summary shows you how to handle these issues and more.

 Stomach Parasites & How to Deal with Them

The idea of stomach parasites can be nauseating…no pun intended. Learn what parasites are and where they come from, and how you can keep yourself healthy and avoid them.

Health Issues Caused by the Weather & How to Deal with Them

Today’s show is finished with a segment about various health issues caused by the weather, and what you can do when you’re faced with them. Learn how to handle humidity and headaches, allergies and asthma.

New episodes of Dr. Oz should be making their debut in just a few more weeks!

Meatball Parmesan: Healthier Option

If you love meatballs, you know they’re not that healthy for you–and if you love the Italian classic Meatball Parmesan, you don’t have to go without. Dr. Oz shares this recipe to help you get your cravings, without as many calories.

Ingredients

 

Meatballs

  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp jarred garlic
  • 2 egg whites
  • Salt and pepper to taste

 

Pasta

  • Whole wheat penne pasta (Up to a half a 12 oz box)
  • 2 boxes of frozen spinach
  • Jarred garlic to taste
  • Basil (fresh or dried)
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan Reggiano cheese or shaved Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 (15-oz) cans of tomato sauce

 

Directions

Combine ground chicken, garlic, salt and pepper in a bowl—then add egg whites and bread crumbs to the mixture. Now, use your clean hands to incorporate all the ingredients. Make them into balls and place on an ungreased baking sheet—bake on 350 for 25-30 minutes. Leave oven on when meatballs are done!

Cook whole wheat pasta for 7 to 9 minutes.

Heat olive oil in a large pan and add frozen spinach. Cook so the water evaporates, a few minutes. Add garlic, let it cook together for another 2-3 minutes. Add cans of tomato sauce and let simmer for 15-20 minutes.

Mix it all together. Combine pasta and spinach sauce together in baking dish. Nestle in the meatballs, top with cheese and put back into oven until bubbling (about 10 minutes).

Body Pains You Can’t Ignore

Today’s show is a repeat of a show that aired on March 21, 2012. The biggest segment of today’s show involves four body pains you shouldn’t ignore.

Body Pains: Jaw Pain

If you are experiencing jaw pain, this could be a sign of a heart attack. He describes the pain as dull and vague, but says it is known for moving around. It usually starts at the bottom of the jaw, but can move to the top or the front of the teeth. Nearly half the audience admitted having a pain like this. Dr. Oz says this is a sign of stress, but could also be signaling a heart attack, so you don’t want to ignore it because the heart cannot directly feel pain. When it gets inflammed, it can cause pain in the jaw.

So when should you be worried about jaw pain?

Low Worry

  • Moving the jaw increases the pain.

Mid Worry

  • Experiencing jaw pain in the morning.

High Worry

  • Pain when you get exerted
  • Pain also experienced in the arm or chest.
  • Shortness of breath.

Body Pains: Leg Pain

This type of leg pain usually feels like a Charley horse and starts deep within the calf. It may swell and turn red, and varicose veins may develop. More than 3/4 of the audience had experienced this kind of pain. One audience member, Rashida, said she would experience slight calf pain with sudden onset, lasting only about 5 to 10 minutes. When the pain went away, she’d forget about it until it happened again. However, it could be a sign of Deep Vein Thrombosis, or DVT.

When should you be worried about leg pain?

Low Worry

  • You only have swollen ankles.
  • You have been moving and active.

Mid Worry

  • You are sedentary.
  • You have traveled recently.
High Level
  • Your leg is warm and red.
  • You experience pain when you squeeze your calf.

Body Pains: Abdominal Pain

This type of pain usually feels “colic-y” and starts between the rib cage. It may last a few minutes, or it could last a few hours. Just under 3/4 of the audience had experienced a severe stomach pain. Audience member Helene says she experiences sharp pain in her stomach after she eats greasy meals or oats. Dr. Oz says this could be a result of gallstones. Bile, made in the liver and stored in the gall bladder, may get stuck in ducts if you have gallstones and eat anything fatty. As a result, the gallbladder squeezes to remove the blockages, and you feel pain. Too much of this, and you could end up with an infection.

When should you worry about gallstones?

Low Worry

  • You experience relief after going to the bathroom, either peeing or pooping.
  • You experience relief when you take an antacid.

Mid Worry

  • You do not experience a reduction in pain when you change positions.

High Worry

  • You experience pain within 20 to 30 minutes, every time you eat something fatty.
  • Gallstones may be treated with surgery, or through adjustments in diet.

You can treat gallstones with surgery or adjusting your diet.

 

Body Pains: Tingling

If you experience tingling sensations on a regular basis, it could a be a sign of nerve damage. Nearly 3/4 of the Dr. Oz audience had experienced tingling at some point. Audience member Cheri says she experiences this kind of feeling when she’s typing at work, and to get rid of it, she shakes it away. He tells her this could be a sign of nerve damage.

When to worry about tingling sensations

Low Worry

  • The tingling sensation goes away when you move the body part that’s tingling.

Mid Worry

  • This pain is persistant for several days.

High Worry

  • You experience muscle weakness that causes you to drop things. It could indicate nerve damage or multiple sclerosis. The sooner you get to the doctor for intervention, the better off you are.

 

 

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Gluten Free Blueberry Walnut Scones Recipe

In this segment, Dr. Oz meets with Jennifer Esposito. When Jennifer was diagnosed with Celiac’s Disease, she knew she had to remove gluten from her diet to restore her health and vitality. She thought this was the end of her baked goods consumption, but soon discovered ingredients such as rice flour and xanthan gum enabled her to continue baking treats without the gluten. She shares her gluten free blueberry scones recipe with Dr. Oz and his audience. The recipe is below.

 Gluten Free Blueberry Walnut Scones Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup brown rice flour
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup sorghum flour
  • 1/2 cup tapioca starch
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp xanthan gum
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 5 tbsp apple sauce
  • 1/2 banana
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp brown rice syrup
  • 1/3 cup soy, rice, almond or hemp milk
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

 

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425° degrees.
  2. Combine all dry ingredients except blueberries and walnuts in large mixing bowl, and whisk together to remove any lumps.
  3. In separate bowl, combine all wet ingredients except milk, and mix with a standing mixer on medium speed until combined.
  4. While stirring dry ingredients, add milk slowly to bowl. Alternate between stirring and pouring milk, until all of it has been emptied into the bowl.
  5. Combine wet and dry ingredients and continue stirring in standing mixer until contents are evenly mixed. Fold nuts and blueberries into mixture.
  6. Line double-baking pan with parchment paper, and spoon out mixture with tablespoon to make 20 scones. Brush tops with maple syrup and bake for 18 to 23 minutes.

Supplements for Women Over Age 40

Today’s segment comes from a show that originally aired October 17, 2011. We see the top supplements for women over age 40. Dr. Oz throws beach balls with supplement names on them into the audience, and the person who catches them brings them up to the stage to participate in a demonstration. The three balls caught are: horse chestnut seed extract, borage oil, and astragalus.

Varicose Veins & Horse Chestnut Seed Extract

Horse chestnut seed extract works to reduce the appearance of varicose veins by contracting their walls. This prevents the veins from leaking as much, so they are not as visible. For best results, you should mix 10 drops of horse chestnut seed extract into a glass of water and drink. The audience member who came on stage to taste the mixture claims it was not bad.

Hair & Borage Oil

Borage oil is a source of essential fatty acid which works on the hair and mails to make them shiny and strong. Audience member Yolanda comes on stage to try this. When Dr. Oz remarks about her hair, she states that she’s wearing a wig, and they both laugh. Yolanda admits that beneath her wig, her hair is dry and gray. Using borage oil will improve the overall condition of your hair, but it is important to realize it will not work overnight. Internal supplementation is best, but it can be applied topically to help relieve redness and itching. Expect to use this for several weeks before you start seeing results.

Stress & Astragalus

To help combat stress naturally, Dr. Oz recommends taking 200 mg of Astraglus twice daily. This will help reduce stress and fatigue while also relaxing the blood vessels and improving blood flow to the brain.

How to Stop Carb Cravings

Today’s Dr. Oz show was a repeat from November 2011, where he features Tyra Banks, and his 28 Day Plan that shows you how to stop carb cravings. We’ve covered the full episode here.

28 Day Carb Addiction Plan

Dr. Oz started the segment by introducing  friends from the audience, Joanna, Tamika , and Beverly.  Beverly confessed that she loves foods made with white flour, like pizza and pastas.  Tamika was a big fan of white rice and Joanna was a real carb junkie.

Dr .Oz demonstrated what fat looks like that surrounds the organs and explained how excess fat inhibits insulin function. He showed a pancreas and explained how It makes insulin, and what happens when it can’t keep up due to insulin resistance – you get type 2 diabetes. Dr. Oz asked Joanna to uncover a heart and asked if they were willing to make the changes that would ensure heart health. They all agreed.

 

Dr. Oz’s 28 Day Plan To Kick Carb Addiction

Week 1: Carb Detox

Eat all the fats you want, without calorie limits. Dr. Oz recommends healthy fats like olive oils, fatty fish, and nuts.

Week 2: White to Brown

Eat whole grains, like oatmeal, whole grain bread and pasta, and quinoa. The guests commented that some of the foods were tasteless (like cardboard). Dr. Oz said that adding spice would make the foods more palatable.

Week 3: Hand to Mouth

On week 3, you begin portion control. Dr. Oz explained how to use your hand as measuring tools, for example, a fistful of brown rice, meats about the size of your palm, and healthy fats about the size of the tip of your thumb.

Week 4: Cheat

On week 4, designate a cheat day to eat what you want. Have a regular baked good, like cake, pizza, or ordinary pasta. Dr. Oz recommended Sunday.

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Tricks to Boost Your Metabolism

Today’s show, August 6, 2012 is a repeat of the episode that originally aired on April 30, 2012. We’ve already got a full recap here: Boosting Your Metabolism as this was the second show we ever recapped here on Healthy Recap.

This show covered:

  • Drinks to Boost Your Metabolism or Rocket Fuel as Dr. Oz calls it.
    • Belly Blast Hot Shot
    • Kombucha Wonder Drink
    • Spicy Red Icy
  • Power Pills: Supplements to Boost Your Fat Burning Power
  • Quick Fat Burning Snacks
    • Spirulina
    • Wasabi Peas
    • Cocoa Nibs
    • Spicy popcorn
    • Pine nuts
    • Apples with Cinnamon
  • Fat Flushing Foods
    • Chia Seed
    • Quinoa, Chicken, and Tomato
    • Pepitas
    • Daikon
  • Why Restaurants Make You Fat
  • Fast Food under 500 Calories
    • McDonalds
      • 6 Piece Chicken Nugget with Sweet and Sour Sauce: Skip Fries and Soda.
      • Premium Grilled Chicken Sandwich with Lettuce and Tomato, with no mayo. No Fries or soda
    • Subway
      • 6 inch Veggie Delight on 9 Grain Wheat Bread: Topped with most veggies, peppers. Add avocado if possible for a dose of healthy fats and protei
      • Roast Chicken with Honey Wheat: Peppers, Cucumbers, Spinach, low in trans fats
    • Dominos
      • Tuscan Salami with Roasted Vegetables
      • Mushroom onion and spinach cheese  Artisan pizza (light)

New episodes of the Dr. Oz Show hit the airwaves soon!

Healthy Microwave Recipes

Next, we see five minute healthy microwave recipes you can do to get your day going and increase energy levels with a quickness.

Healthy Microwave Recipes: Mediterranean Breakfast Pizza Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 whole wheat flat bread pita
  • 1 tbsp low-fat cream cheese
  • 1 tsp garlic
  • 1 handful fresh baby spinach
  • 3 thin slices of tomato
  • 1 egg

Directions

Spread one side of pita with cream cheese. Put pita on a microwave safe plate. Place a handful of spinach on top. Top spinach with tomato slices and garlic. Crack egg in the center of the pita. Microwave on high for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes, depending on how you like your egg cooked.

Healthy Microwave Recipes: Apple Pie Breakfast Bulgar

Skip the oatmeal and try bulgur, which has double the fiber! It also slows the absorption of sugar and helps prevent mood swings.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup bulgar
  • 3/4 cup diced apple
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tbsp Greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp walnuts (optional)

Directions

Soak bulgar then mix all ingredients except yogurt and walnuts in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on high for 3 minutes. Serve with yogurt and walnuts on top.

Healthy Microwave Recipes: Slimming Southwest Omelet Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp canned black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tbsp diced bell pepper
  • 2 tbsp low-fat shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 pinch of salt and pepper
  • 1 tbsp salsa
  • 1/4 sliced avocado

Directions

Beat eggs and water together. Pour mixture into 1 medium-size resealable, steamable sandwich bag. Add beans, peppers, cheese, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Seal bag and lay flat in microwave according to bag directions. Microwave on high for 1 minute or until eggs are set. Carefully open bag and slide omelet on to a plate. Serve with salsa on top.

 Next time you want to skip breakfast because you’re in a hurry, turn to one of these recipes! You’ll get the energy you need and quick!
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Natural Energy Boosters

If you are tired of feeling tired all the time, and you don’t want to use sugar and unhealthy methods to increase your energy levels, Dr. Oz shares some natural energy boosters to help you get to feeling great again. Here are five different ones for you to try.

Natural Energy Boosters

Dr. Oz decided to go to a local coffee shop and surprise the customers there by taking their orders. He told them they didn’t need to eat bacon, french toast and home fries, too. He asked many of them what they thought their energy levels were on any given day, and the answers seemed to be anywhere from 5 to 8. When Dr. Oz asked each of them what they did to keep their energy levels up, most of them responded with, “drinking plenty of coffee.” A woman said she drinks four cups of coffee in the morning and finds herself crashing by mid-afternoon. When he asked the customers what sucked away most of thier energy, one woman answered stress and children. She said her energy was at its lowest point after work in the evenings. To help, he provides the following five natural energy boosters.

Natural Energy Boosters: Spirulina Energy Cubes

Audience member Pria tells Dr. Oz she takes naps and uses vitamins to try and boost her energy levels, but it does not work. He recommends making spirulina energy cubes, using the blue green algae.

To do this, mix a teaspoon of and mix with 12 ounces of lime juice. Pour into an ice cube tray and freeze. When frozen, add two cubes to an 8 ounce glass of water and sip away.

Natural Energy Boosters: Moringa Extract

Moringa Oleifera is a plant native to the Himalayas where it has been used for hundreds of years. These leaves have antioxidants and three times more iron than spinach. You can either drink this in the morning as your tea, or you can take 400 mg a day, and you will not crash as a result of the caffeine.

Natural Energy Boosters: Deep Breath Blast Belt

Audience member Crystal tells Dr. Oz that her energy levels fluctuate all day. It is lowest in the morning when she wakes up. Sometimes, she just goes back to sleep and doesn’t get up until noon. Dr. Oz says that to get more energy, you need to get the air moving from the bottom of your lungs. When you breathe deeply through your chest, you are not moving your lungs. You need to get the diaphragm moving. Put a belt on–women should place it under their breasts, and men should put it under their nipples. Be sure the belt is tight. Put your right under below your belly button. Take 10 deep breaths (four seconds in and four seconds out) every morning. Pull your belly button toward your spine with each breath.

Dr Oz’s Energy Booster Survival Kit

You should keep an energy booster survival kit with you just like a first aid kit. He recommends keeping dark chocolate with peppermint oil, Trident Vitality gum, and Origins moisturizer in a small bag to carry with you. The dark chocolate and peppermint oil contains flavonoids, which can help you fight fatigue.

Trident Vitality Gum

This product contains ginseng which can help stimulate your body and get your energy levels up. This is a good choice for people who are not tea drinkers.

Origins Moisturizer

This moisturizer uses Cordyceps mushrooms. When you start to feel sluggish, use this for a pick-me-up.

Power Down Pressure Point

This can help you sleep and you can do this every single day for free. Turn off all your electronic devices and distractions. Put your finger right between your eyes on your brow bone. Rub it lightly for a few minutes. If you do this every night before you go bed, you will be ready to go the next day.

You can also use these sweeteners to re-energize your coffee or tea, without worrying about it packing on the pounds.

Natural Energy Boosters: Dark Chocolate Sweetener

Add a small piece of dark chocolate when you drink hot coffee or tea. This is full of flavonoids that can help boost your energy levels naturally.

Natural Energy Boosters: Black Strap Molasses

Black strap molasses is a sweet treat that’s good for you, too. It’s fat free, and contains iron so you will get a boost of energy with fewer calories.

Natural Energy Boosters: Date Sugar

Date sugar is made by crushing the dates, so you will get the good fiber and energy boost from vitamins and minerals, without the caloric boost associated with sugar. Plus, it’s natural and unprocessed.

Natural Energy Boosters: Raw Honey Crystals

Raw honey crystals can help you get the sweet you’re craving in your tea instead of sugar. They won’t cause such a spike in your blood sugar levels and they won’t leave you feeling the need to eat more sweets later.